Poetry Project

In 2008 artist Mark di Suvero held a contest at Socrates Sculpture Park to name this sculpture. He selected the winning entry, a proposed title by writer Elaine Bleakney—Clock Knot.
With the unveiling of Clock Knot that same year, poet and scholar Kurt Heinzelman wrote an ekphrastic poem to commemorate the sculpture. Below is his composition, Clock Knot Square Dance.


CLOCK     KNOT                                                             


Kurt Heinzelman


            The knees are bent so

that the hands of time

            may touch for once their

own toes allemande

            left in your own back-

yard, right then left

            around the ring Off

speed the fire trucks of

            morning to an up-

town derelict book


to practice their high-

            rise rescues swing your

corner with the old

            left hand, then meet your

partner, promenade

            home At the base of

the green knoll where it's

            been turning after-

noon all day, a café

            nestles among the

statues, the general

            rubbish, like a piece

of topiary,

            offering sunshiny

burritos and a

            studious ease do-

si-do with the one

            below then twirl a

left star once more round

            Now the engineers

of evening, who know

            more than anyone

how everything

            that can fly out of

someone's hand sooner

            or later will, are

closing up their lap-

            tops and closing down

the wireless halls of

            Chicago brick and

in no time at all

            have begun to square

dance together in

            their high domed labs then

turn and roll away

            with a half sashay

while the moving hands

            of an orrery

upon the table,

            made all of glass, trace

the faint tinnitus

            of the eldritch stars.


           after the construction called
           "Clock Knot" by Mark di Suvero